Tom Brady Has Suspension Wiped Out by Judge
All of the time we wasted worrying about Jimmy Garoppolo seems so silly now. The New England Patriots won’t have to experience life without star quarterback Tom Brady, after all, as U.S. District Judge Richard Berman has officially “nullified” the four-game ban the NFL handed down for Brady’s suspected role in the #Defategate scandal.
BREAKING: Tom Brady beats NFL in ‘Deflategate’ court case, judge nullifies league’s 4-game suspension.
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 3, 2015
This is massive news, both for week one and the entire 2015 NFL landscape. Not only is Brady now fully expected to suit up for the Patriots when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers in week one, but they could now stand a decent chance as repeating as Super Bowl champions.
Roger Goodell and co. will undoubtedly file an appeal and drag this thing out further, but it’s extremely unlikely that it gets overturned at this point, as the case was already looked at by a judge and they (arguably) correctly found that there wasn’t enough concrete evidence to support suspending Brady.
Whether Brady actually played a part in the deflation of footballs before games (and whether you care) is open for debate, but the lack of tangible proof as alarming and the league probably overstepped their bounds by banning Brady for as many games as they did.
Week 1 Odds
Regardless what comes of this, Brady is going to be active for the first game of the 2015 season, as an appeal process should make this into something that doesn’t truly go away until after this season is through. In other words, even if the NFL somehow ends up still winning, it’s highly possible that Brady will play most or all of 2015.
The odds for this game differ, as some places were giving the Patriots only a slight nod (-3.5) before Brady’s suspension was overturned, while others were betting they’d win by almost a full touchdown (-6.5). New England remained even the smallest of favorites due to the game going down in Foxboro, while the Steelers have their own issues to deal with (suspensions for Martavis Bryant and Le’Veon Bell and an injury to Maurkice Pouncey).
With Brady back in the saddle, we can probably safely expect the odds to favor New England, likely right around that -6.5 line, if not greater.
While New England undoubtedly gets a boost with an angry Brady back under center in week one, the mother of all questions might be if his season long return could get the Pats back into the Super Bowl. The Green Bay Packers had previously been the favorites to win the whole thing in 2015, while Andrew Luck’s Indianapolis Colts were the early picks to represent the AFC.
Not so fast.
There’s still the possibility New England could experience something close to a “Super Bowl hangover”, especially since they lost the shifty Shane Vereen and a number of key defensive players. They got younger and faster on defense, however, and a mad Tom Brady could go a long way to ignite a fire under a team that arguably overachieved a bit a year ago.
Currently sitting comfortably with solid 11/1 Super Bowl odds, it wouldn’t be a shock to see New England rise up over the Colts. Thanks to Jordy Nelson going down, they could even rise back up over the Packers. Getting in on betting on the Patriots to win it all now may be a good idea, though, so you can increase your profit margin before the odds shift further in their favor.
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